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Benardete, Seth

Works: 67 works in 370 publications in 4 languages and 10,545 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Tragedies (Drama)  Mythological plays  Interviews  Conference papers and proceedings  Graphic novels  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Arranger, Author of introduction, Other, Honoree
Classifications: B385.A5, 184
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Most widely held works by Seth Benardete
The being of the beautiful : Plato's Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman by Plato( )

21 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are no descriptions of time, place or persons, in the Sophist and Statesman, but we are plunged at once into philosophical discussions; the poetical charm has disappeared, and those who have no taste for abstruse metaphysics will greatly prefer the earlier dialogues to the later ones. Plato is conscious of the change, and in the Statesman expressly accuses himself of a tediousness in the two dialogues, which he ascribes to his desire of developing the dialectical method
The rhetoric of morality and philosophy : Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus by Seth Benardete( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benardete here interprets and, for the first time, pairs two important Platonic dialogues, the Gorgias and the Phaedrus. In linking these dialogues, he places Socrates' notion of rhetoric in a new light and illuminates the way in which Plato gives morality and eros a place in the human soul
Leo Strauss on Plato's Symposium by Leo Strauss( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first major piece of unpublished work by Leo Strauss to appear in more than thirty years, Leo Strauss On Plato's "Symposium" offers the public the unprecedented experience of encountering this renowned scholar as his students did. Given as a course in autumn 1959 under the title "Plato's Political Philosophy," at the University of Chicago, these transcripts previously had circulated in samizdat fashion, passed down from one generation of students to the next. They show Strauss at his best, in his subtle and sometimes indirect style of analysis, which has attracted almost as much commentary as has the content of his thought. Strauss presents a coherent and complete interpretation of the Symposium, proceeding by a meticulous reading from beginning to end. Operating on the once common hypothesis that commentary is an excellent method of expounding the truth, Strauss sheds light not only on the meaning of the dialogue and its place in the Platonic corpus, but also on a host of important topics, including the nature of eros and its place in the overall economy of human life; the perennial quarrel between poetry and philosophy, and the relation of both to piety, politics, and morality; the character of Socrates and the questions of his trial; and many other matters. As provocative as they were a half century ago, these important lectures will be welcomed by students of classics, philosophy, politics, psychology, and political philosophy
Socrates' second sailing : on Plato's Republic by Seth Benardete( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Larousse Greek and Roman mythology by Joël Schmidt( Book )

3 editions published between 1965 and 1980 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seize pages de reproductions de peintures célèbres sur la mythologie classique accompagnent ce dictionnaire des divinités grecques et romaines
Herodotean inquiries by Seth Benardete( Book )

32 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Herodotus' Inquiries should be regarded as our best and most complete document for pre-Socratic philosophy. Without being a work of philosophy, its plan and intention cannot be understood apart from philosophy. Here an attempt is made to uncover Herodotus' plan and intention and to link them with their philosophic roots."--Jacket
The tragedy and comedy of life : Plato's Philebus by Plato( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With The Tragedy and Comedy of Life, Seth Benardete completes his examination of Plato's understanding of the beautiful, the just, and the good. Benardete first treated the beautiful in The Being of the Beautiful (1984), which dealt with the Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman; and he treated the just in Socrates Second Sailing (1989), which dealt with the Republic and sought to determine the just in its relation to the beautiful and the good. Benardete focuses in this volume on the good as discussed in the Philebus, which is widely regarded as one of Plato's most complex dialogues. Traditionally, the Philebus is interpreted as affirming the supposedly Platonic doctrine that the good resides in thought and mind rather than in pleasure or the body. Benardete challenges this view, arguing that Socrates vindicates the life of the mind over against the life of pleasure not by separating the two and advocating a strict asceticism, but by mixing pleasure and pain with mind in such a way that the philosophic life emerges as the only possible human life. Socrates accomplishes this by making use of two principles - the limited and the unlimited - and shows that the very possibility of philosophy requires not just the limited but also the unlimited, for the unlimited permeates the entirety of life as well as the endless perplexity of thinking itself. Benardete combines a probing and challenging commentary that subtly mirrors and illumines the complexities of this extraordinarily difficult dialogue with the finest English translation of the Philebus yet available. The result is a work that will be of great value to classicists, philosophers, and political theorists alike
The bow and the lyre : a Platonic reading of the Odyssey by Seth Benardete( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this exciting new interpretation of the Odyssey, renowned scholar Seth Benardete suggests that Homer may have been the first to philosophize in a Platonic sense. He argues that the Odyssey concerns precisely the relation between philosophy and poetry and, more broadly, the rational and the irrational in human beings. In light of this possibility, Benardete works back and forth from Homer to Plato to examine the relation between wisdom and justice and tries to recover an original understanding of philosophy that Plato too recovered by reflecting on the wisdom of the poet. At stake in his argument is no less than the history of philosophy and the ancient understanding of poetry. The Bow and the Lyre is a book that every classicist and historian of philosophy should have
Plato's "Laws" : the discovery of being by Seth Benardete( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Laws was Plato's last work, his longest, and one of his most difficult. An abstract ideal not intended for any actual community, the Laws seems to provide practical guidelines for the establishment and maintenance of political order in the real world. With this book, Seth Benardete offers an insightful analysis of and commentary on this rich and complex dialogue. Each chapter corresponds to one of the twelve books of the Laws, illuminating the major themes and arguments, among them the difference between the atemporal structure of the good and the temporal structure of the law; how experience deviates from the law; the relation between justice and moderation in light of theology and the soul; the relation of administrative structure to the city; and criminal law and the assumptions it must make about the structure of the soul. As he explicates the major themes and arguments of the dialogue, Benardete also shows how these strands of argument are interwoven throughout the Laws and then sets them against the quite different arguments on the same themes found in The Republic and The Statesman."--Jacket
Symposium by Plato( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Counter Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, "The Ladder of Love." In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful."
The argument of the action : essays on Greek poetry and philosophy by Seth Benardete( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Benardete's philosophic reading of the poets and his poetic reading of the philosophers share a common ground that makes this collection a whole. The key, suggested by his reflections on Leo Strauss in the last piece, lies in the question of how to read Plato. Benardete's way is characterized not just by careful attention to the literary form that separates doctrine from dialogue and speeches from deed; rather, by following the dynamic of these differences, he uncovers the argument that belongs to the dialogue as a whole. The "turnaround" such an argument undergoes bears consequences for understanding the dialogue as radical as the conversion of the philosopher in Plato's image of the cave
Encounters & reflections : conversations with Seth Benardete : with Robert Berman, Ronna Burger, and Michael Davis by Seth Benardete( )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By turns wickedly funny and profoundly illuminating, 'Encounters and Reflections' presents a captivating and unconventional portrait of the life and works of Seth Benardete. One of the leading scholars of ancient thought, Benardete here reflects on both the people he knew and the topics that fascinated him throughout his career in a series of candid, freewheeling conversations with Robert Berman, Ronna Burger, and Michael Davis
Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )

12 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty years ago, the University of Chicago Press undertook a momentous project: a new translation of the Greek tragedies that would be the ultimate resource for teachers, students, and readers. They succeeded. Under the expert management of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, those translations combined accuracy, poetic immediacy, and clarity of presentation to render the surviving masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in an English so lively and compelling that they remain the standard translations. Today, Chicago is taking pains to ensure that our Greek tragedies remain the leading English-language versions throughout the twenty-first century
On Plato's Symposium = Über Platons Symposion : Vortrag gehalten in der Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung am 15. Juni 1993 by Seth Benardete( Book )

37 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and German and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's Sophist by Plato( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Theaetetus Plato made a pioneering contribution to one of the central problems of Western philosophy
Sacred transgressions : a reading of Sophocles' Antigone by Seth Benardete( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This commentary on the action and argument of Sophocles' Antigone is meant to be a reflection on and response to Hegel's interpretation in the Phenomenology (VI. A.a-b), and includes, in addition, two appendixes dealing with Aeschylus' Septem. It thus moves within the principles Hegel discovers in the play but reinserts them into the play as they show themselves across the eccentricities of its plot. Wherever plot and principles do not match, there is a glimmer of the argument: Haemon speaks up for the city and Tiresias for the divine law but neither for Antigone. The guard who reports the burial and presents Antigone to Creon is as important as Antigone or Creon for understanding Antigone. The Chorus too in their inconsistent thoughtfulness have to be taken into account, and in particular how their understanding of the canniness of man reveals Antigone in their very failure to count her as a sign of man's uncanniness: She who is below the horizon of their awareness is at the heart of their speech. Megareus, the older son of Creon, who sacrificed his life for the city, looms as large as Eurydice, whose suicide has nothing in common with Antigone's. She is "all-mother": Antigone is anti-generation."--Jacket
Aristotle On poetics by Aristotle( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle's much-translated On Poetics is the earliest and arguably the best treatment that we possess of tragedy as a literary form. The late Seth Benardete and Michael Davis have translated it anew with a view to rendering Aristotle's text into English as precisely as possible. A literal translation has long been needed, for in order to excavate the argument of On Poetics one has to attend not simply to what is said on the surface but also to the various puzzles, questions, and peculiarities that emerge only on the level of how Aristotle says what he says and thereby leads one to revise and deepen one's initial understanding of the intent of the argument. As On Poetics is about how tragedy ought to be composed, it should not be surprising that it turns out to be a rather artful piece of literature in its own right." "Benardete and Davis supplement their edition of On Poetics with extensive notes and appendices. They explain nuances of the original that elude translation, and they provide translations of passages found elsewhere in Aristotle's works as well as in those of other ancient authors that prove useful in thinking through the argument of On Poetics both in terms of its treatment of tragedy and in terms of its broader concerns. By following the connections Aristotle plots between On Poetics and his other works, readers will be in a position to appreciate the centrality of this little book for his thought on the whole." "In an introduction that sketches the overall interpretation of On Poetics, Davis argues that, while On Poetics is certainly about tragedy, it has a further concern extending beyond poetry to the very structure of the human soul in its relation to what is, and that Aristotle reveals in the form of his argument the true character of human action."--Jacket
Aeschylus II : the suppliant maidens ; The Persians ; Seven against Thebes ; Prometheus bound by Aeschylus( Book )

12 editions published between 1956 and 1991 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Achilles and Hector : the Homeric hero by Seth Benardete( Book )

11 editions published between 1955 and 2005 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's Statesman by Platón( Book )

8 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Statesman are a trilogy of Platonic dialogues that show Socrates formulating his conception of philosophy as he prepares the defense for his trial. Originally published together as The Being of the Beautiful, these translations can be read separately or as a trilogy. Each includes an introduction, extensive notes, and comprehensive commentary that examines the trilogy's motifs and relationships. -- Back cover
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The rhetoric of morality and philosophy : Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus
The rhetoric of morality and philosophy : Plato's Gorgias and PhaedrusLeo Strauss on Plato's SymposiumSocrates' second sailing : on Plato's RepublicHerodotean inquiriesThe tragedy and comedy of life : Plato's PhilebusThe bow and the lyre : a Platonic reading of the OdysseyPlato's "Laws" : the discovery of beingSymposium
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Benardete, S. G.

Benardete, S. G. 1930-2001

Benardete, S. G. (Seth Gabrielito)

Benardete, Seth G.

Benardete, Seth G. 1930-2001

Benardete, Seth G. (Seth Gabrielito)

Benardete, Seth Gabrielito

Benardete, Seth Gabrielito 1930-2001

Seth Benardete American philologist

Seth Benardete Amerikaans taalkundige (1930-2001)

Seth Benardete US-amerikanischer Altphilologe

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